Welcome to All Saints Church, Witley

All Saints Church, Witley, Surrey

SPRING at last and May is here.

We welcome Rev James McKeran as our Vicar with a special service and welcome reception on Thursday 17th May at 7.00pm. Is this a new era for All Saints? Yes, of course, but not a huge change. It is another phase of what has been going on here in Witley for 1000 years. God's people serving him by trying to live in His way and sharing His love.

If we look back 100 years we can see how much All Saints has changed in what it does - the Temperance Club was thriving. Up to one hundred local children were mustered outside school annually and transported by hay wagon to a nearby field for a picnic and fiercely contested races and sports.

Seventy five years ago we would probably have brought a gas mask to church and there were blackout curtains on some of the church windows. 50 years ago, was the 'swinging sixties' with the advent of disco's, television in every home and coffee bars on every High Street. Is this when morning Sunday School started along-side family worship?

25 years ago the Vicarage had moved from opposite the church, Wednesday Club met monthly and Witley had become an Infant School. Mobile telephones existed but were rare and people were beginning to own personal computers.

Through all this time, All Saints has continued to serve the community faithfully, providing regular services week by week and year by year. It is a place where families come to rejoice at baptisms and weddings and to find solace in bereavement.

Ten years ago, the shape of the inside of the church was altered to suit present day needs and since 2009 the church has become even more the centre of the village and beyond. What will the next decade bring? We know that fashions will come and go, that technology will change and develop but whatever it all looks like, we will always thank God for the opportunity to be 'All Saints for all people'.

SPRING DIARY

Monday, 7th May (Bank Holiday) - 12.30pm Special Organ Recital: Julian Haggett (Organist, St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich and formerly Organ Scholar of Chichester Cathedral). Admission free, with retiring collection in aid of church funds. Light lunch and wine after the concert. A rare opportunity to hear our excellent organ played by a very fine visiting organist. Please click HERE to download the flyer for this event.

Saturday, 12th May - Messy Church from 3.30-5.30pm

Wednesday, 16th May at 8pm Evening Prayer with intercessions for a new ministry

THURSDAY, 17TH MAY - INDUCTION OF REV. JAMES MCKERAN AS VICAR OF WITLEY AT 7.00PM

Saturday, 19th May - Green Gym, 8.30am-12.30pm

Tuesday, 22nd May - PCC at 8.pm in Church

Monday, 28th May - Brook Fair



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VISITING THE CHURCH

All Saints Church has a huge wooden door, which, while being very old and attractive in its own way can be a physical barrier to those who have never entered All Saints before - don't let it be like that. Turn the handle, push the door and come in, all are welcome. Inside you will find a building that is filled with the prayers of 1000 years, a wall painting that is 900 years old, a 700-year-old Lady Chapel with medieval stained glass, signs of the conflict in the 16th and 17th century with an unfinished memorial tablet in the sanctuary and several other family memorials. The 18th century put in a gallery which was removed by the Victorians who added so much more, including a whole aisle on the North Side. The Victorians with three generations of Chandler Vicars built the organ, the bell tower and the vestry. They refurbished the chancel ceiling, floor and altar and put up memorials to the eminent people of the day as they passed on. The beginning of the 20th century completed the collection of stained glass windows and introduced the pews we have now, instead of the previous box pews. All Saints is full of history reflecting the needs of the generations who have worshipped here before us. There have been many changes in the past few years which help us now to use the church on a daily basis for many different groups. There is a children's trail available with many interesting things to find out and see.

Please do come inside and explore and have time for yourself, the church is open in daylight hours. Or come and meet with others to worship or chat everyone is welcome.


If anyone would like to speak to Ann, please ring or email and we will endeavour to meet you as soon as we can.

The All Saints Parish Office, is in the grounds of Witley Infant School, opposite the Church.

Wishing you every blessing

Vicar TBC         Ann Fraser
            Vicar TBC                               Ann Fraser



The parish of Witley is made up of the villages of Witley, Brook, Wormley and Sandhills. The Parish Church of All Saints dates from about 1040 and is situated just off the main Petworth Road (A283) in Church Lane, opposite the White Hart public house. Witley CofE Infant School is opposite the church and has close links with it.

Apart from a regular pattern of worship on Sundays and Holy Days, the church serves the whole parish and after recent refurbishment is available every day for a variety of uses. The door is open in daylight hours for anyone who may wish to spend a quiet few moments or longer in the peace and quiet of this ancient building.

The mission of the church in Witley is to bring the love of God to all who live and work there. The church is open to all people, and here to serve the entire parish. Everyone is welcome at all services and other events and anyone is welcome to use the space in church for their own charitable or social events where appropriate. Click here for more information on using the church for your event.

If you are new to the area you are very welcome! There are a wide range of activities going on around the church that may interest you.

A team of Pastoral Assistants visit the housebound, take Communion to those who can't get to church for whatever reason, and generally help the clergy keep an eye on pastoral needs.

Ann would be pleased to talk with and welcome you. Enjoy the web-site!

Please feel free to click on the links above or on the right to find out more about us.

Be sure to visit our Parish News section which is updated weekly.

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